Robert Southwell to Hans Sloane – September 12, 1692
Item infoDate: September 12, 1692 Author: Robert Southwell Recipient: Hans Sloane
Library: British Library, London Manuscript: Sloane MS 4036 Folio: f. 135
[fol. 135] 12th Septbr 1692 Sr I am desird by a good friend to use some small Interest I may have with two of those who are Electors to fill the vacancy of a Physick Professor at Gresham Collegde to recommend unto them Mr John Woodward. My first enquiry is whether you have any thoughts of this thing, wch they say is void by Dr Stillingfleet’s being married and if not, then to know what character I may give this Gentleman, who says he is known unto you. The sooner you favour mee with a line herein, the more you will oblige one that is very sincerely Sr your most affect. friend and humble servant Robert Southwell
Southwell asks Sloane for information regarding the appointment of a new ‘Physick Professor’ at Gresham College.
Sir Robert Southwell was a diplomat and government official. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1662, and was elected president from 1690 to 1695 (Toby Barnard, Southwell, Sir Robert (16351702), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/26066, accessed 19 June 2013]).